December 03, 2013 at 6:30pm
For what's it's worth, hopefully one more negative opinion might help your final decision. Again, it's just my personal opinion through my negative experiences with them! As mentioned above, the ballistic tips may not be what they are cracked up to be. Can you kill a deer with them? Absolutely! Do you want to risk losing a deer of a lifetime over a bullet choice? I have and I wouldn't do it again! I lost a really nice buck due to the ballistic tip exploding upon or before impact to the deer without fatally entering or exiting the deer. The only thing I'm certain of was that the shot was well placed at less than 50 yards, and the deer didn't come home with me. I hunt with many avid hunters who have at some point had a bad experience with them and our motto is, if you're hunting with ballistic tips, you're on your own. The only deer that we've ever had to be tracking on hands and knees begging for blood to appear were the deer shot with ballistic tips. Some were recovered, but many were left limping or dead somewhere in the woods with no blood trail to follow. One things for sure, manufacturers might sell something as a great product, but the proof is on the pudding from field experiences.
The Federal Premium Sierra GameKing BTSP comes in a 130 and 150 grain. I personally shoot the 130 because it's what grouped the best with my Remington 700. Also check out the Remington Core-Loc.
I think you're doing the right thing by gaining other hunters opinions. Good luck!